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2010 Super 14 season

The 2010 Super 14 season kicked off in February 2010 with pre-season matches held from mid-January. It finished on 29 May. The 2010 season was the fifth and last season of the expanded Super 14 format. The schedule, which covers 3½ months, featured a total of 94 matches, with each team playing one full round-robin against the 13 other teams, two semi-finals and a final. Every team received one bye over the 14 rounds.

2010 Super 14
Countries Australia
 South Africa
 New Zealand
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
ChampionsSouth Africa Bulls (3rd title)
Matches played94
Attendance1,964,908 (20,903 per match)
Tries scored538 (5.72 per match)
Top point scorer(s)South Africa Morné Steyn (263)
(Bulls)
Top try scorer(s)New Zealand Josevata Rokocoko (9)
(Blues)
Australia Drew Mitchell (9)
(Waratahs)
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TableEdit

Key to colours
     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1   Bulls 13 10 0 3 436 345 +91 7 47
2   Stormers 13 9 0 4 365 171 +194 8 44
3   Waratahs 13 9 0 4 385 288 +97 7 43
4   Crusaders 13 8 1 4 388 295 +93 7 41
5   Reds 13 8 0 5 366 308 +58 7 39
6   Brumbies 13 8 0 5 358 291 +67 5 37
7   Blues 13 7 0 6 376 333 +43 9 37
8   Hurricanes 13 7 1 5 358 323 +35 7 37
9   Sharks 13 7 0 6 297 299 −2 5 33
10   Chiefs 13 4 1 8 340 418 −78 8 26
11   Cheetahs 13 5 1 7 315 393 −78 4 26
12   Highlanders 13 3 0 10 297 397 −100 7 19
13   Force 13 4 0 9 258 364 −106 3 19
14   Lions 13 0 0 13 270 585 −315 5 5

RefereesEdit

The referees for this tournament came from all three of the participating nations. Referees are ranked by Merit and Reserve Panels. They can be promoted or demoted to another panel. At least eighty Percent of the Super 14 games will be refereed by the Merit Panel Referees.

Australian Referees

  • Stuart Dickinson (Merit Panel)
  • Steve Walsh (Reserve Panel)
  • Ian Smith (Reserve Panel)
  • Nathan Pearce (Reserve Panel)
  • Paul Marks (Reserve Panel)- Stood down from panel, following reviews of his performances at the end of Week 4. He was re-included on the reserve panel for Round 14.[1]

New Zealand Referees

  • Bryce Lawrence (Merit Panel)
  • Chris Pollock (Merit Panel)
  • Keith Brown (Merit Panel)
  • Garratt Williamson (Reserve Panel)
  • Jonathan White (Reserve Panel)
  • Vinny Munro (Reserve Panel)

South African Referees

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

A Super Rugby record was set when the Hurricanes kicked 9 penalty goals in total throughout the match, 5 to Willie Ripia and 4 to Piri Weepu.[2]

Stirling Mortlock became the first player in Super Rugby to score over 1,000 points in this match.

Round 2Edit

This match set several new Super Rugby records including the highest aggregate score in a single match (137 points), highest score by an away side (72) and the most tries scored in a Super Rugby match (18).

Round 3Edit

Round 4Edit

Round 5Edit

Round 6Edit

Round 7Edit

Round 8Edit

Round 9Edit

In this match, Dan Carter became the all-time leading points scorer in Super Rugby history.[citation needed]

Round 10Edit

Round 11Edit

Round 12Edit

As a result of this match, the Stormers became the first South African team to beat every New Zealand based team in the regular Super 12/14 season.

Round 13Edit

Round 14Edit

As a result of this match, the Lion holds the record for most losses in one season, with 13 straight losses. They also became the second team in Super Rugby history to lose all their round robin matches, joining the Bulls side of 2002.

FinalsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

FinalEdit

The Final of the 2010 Super 14 season took place on 29 May 2010 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa. The Bulls, based in Pretoria, hosted the Stormers, from Cape Town, in the second all-South African final. The defending champion Bulls won 25–17 to claim their second consecutive title and third in four years.[51] This was the last Super 14 final, as the Melbourne Rebels joined the Super Rugby competition in the 2011 season to create a new Super Rugby competition.

The Bulls' normal home, Loftus Versfeld, was unavailable because it was used as a venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup being held in South Africa beginning 11 June. Under FIFA rules, all World Cup venues must be handed over to the local organisers no later than 15 days before the opening match of the competition. Orlando Stadium was the largest, suitable, stadium in the Bulls' home province of Gauteng that was not being used for the World Cup.

The game was surrounded in controversy after Schalk Burger claimed that the referee Craig Joubert was inconsistent at the breakdowns, "coaching the Bulls, but penalising the Stormers". This sparked an outcry over the handling of the game by Joubert, and internet blogs were buzzing due to the alleged incompetency of Joubert. André Watson, the head of South Africa's Rugby Referees, released a statement in which he defended Joubert's performance.[52]

Bulls:
FB 15 Zane Kirchner
RW 14 Gerhard van den Heever
CT 13 Jaco Pretorius
SF 12 Wynand Olivier
LW 11 Francois Hougaard
FF 10 Morné Steyn
HB 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Pierre Spies
OF 7 Dewald Potgieter
BF 6 Deon Stegmann
RL 5 Victor Matfield (Cpt)
LL 4 Danie Rossouw
TP 3 Werner Kruger
HK 2 Gary Botha
LP 1 Gurthro Steenkamp
Substitutes:
HK 16 Bandise Maku
LP 17 Bees Roux
N8 18 Flip van der Merwe
LF 19 Derick Kuun
HB 20 Jacques-Louis Potgieter
FF 21 Jaco van der Westhuyzen
RW 22 Pedrie Wannenburg
Coach:
  Frans Ludeke
Stormers:
FB 15 Joe Pietersen
RW 14 Gio Aplon
CT 13 Jaque Fourie
CT 12 Juan de Jongh
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Peter Grant
SH 9 Dewaldt Duvenhage
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Francois Louw
BF 6 Schalk Burger (Cpt)
RL 5 Andries Bekker
LL 4 Adriaan Fondse
TP 3 Brok Harris
HK 2 Tiaan Liebenberg
LP 1 Wicus Blaauw
Substitutions:
HK 16 Deon Fourie
LP 17 JC Kritzinger
RL 18 Anton van Zyl
LF 19 Pieter Louw
SH 20 Ricky Januarie
FH 21 Willem de Waal
CT 22 Tim Whitehead
Coach:
  Allister Coetzee

Touch judges:
  Cobus Wessels
  Christie du Preez
Television match official:
  Shaun Veldsman

Player statisticsEdit

Leading try scorersEdit

Top try scorers
Pos Name Tries Team
=1 Joe Rokocoko 9   Blues
=1 Drew Mitchell 9   Waratahs
3 Gerhard van den Heever 8   Bulls
=4 Jaque Fourie 7   Stormers
=4 Sean Maitland 7   Crusaders
=4 Rene Ranger 7   Blues
=4 Ben Alexander 7   Brumbies
=4 David Smith 7   Hurricanes
=4 Bryan Habana 7   Stormers
=10 Zac Guildford 6   Crusaders
=10 Alby Mathewson 6   Blues
=10 Ma'a Nonu 6   Hurricanes
=10 Lachlan Turner 6   Waratahs
=10 Michael Killian 6   Lions
=10 Pierre Spies 6   Bulls
=15 Richard Kahui 5   Chiefs
=15 Kahn Fotuali'i 5   Crusaders
=15 Morné Steyn 5   Bulls
=15 Wynand Olivier 5   Bulls
=19 13 Players 4

Leading point scorersEdit

Top 10 overall point scorers
Pos Name Points Team
1 Morné Steyn 263   Bulls
2 Quade Cooper 169   Reds
3 Dan Carter 153   Crusaders
=4 Stephen Brett 141   Blues
=4 Peter Grant 141   Stormers
6 Matt Giteau 136   Brumbies
7 Stephen Donald 126   Chiefs
8 Naas Olivier 114   Cheetahs
9 Israel Dagg 111   Highlanders
10 Ruan Pienaar 104   Sharks

AttendancesEdit

Team Main Stadium Capacity Total Attendance Average Attendance % Capacity
  Blues Eden Park 50,000 106,900 17,816 38%
  Chiefs Waikato Stadium 25,800 81,400 11,628 46%
  Hurricanes Westpac Stadium 34,500 89,726 14,954 43%
  Crusaders Jade Stadium 36,500 151,450 21,635 59%
  Highlanders Carisbrook 29,000 35,060 5,843 22%
  Reds Suncorp Stadium 52,500 159,787 22,826 43%
  Brumbies Canberra Stadium 25,011 106,797 15,256 61%
  Western Force nib Stadium 20,500 102,121 17,020 83%
  Waratahs Sydney Football Stadium 44,000 145,227 24,204 47%
  Sharks ABSA Stadium 52,000 154,002 25,667 49%
  Bulls Loftus Versfeld 51,762 318,569 35,396 72%
  Lions Ellis Park 62,567 66,835 11,139 17%
  Cheetahs Free State Stadium 46,000 100,384 14,340 35%
  Stormers Newlands Stadium 51,900 346,650 43,331 83%

See alsoEdit

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